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    The Bad Witch’s Guide to Athames

      The Bad Witch’s Guide to Athames Athame rhymes with “a plane” not “ath harm eh”. The black-handled knife, the witch’s blade, the athame: a ritual knife for casting and cutting energy and power. I’ve never been uncomfortable with knives (blame She-ra) from my pen-knife I got around 9 years old to the kitchen knives I used all the time from about 11 years of age, yet there is this anxiety about blades, more now than when I was younger most especially with some women. Much in the same way I think everyone should know how to use a saw, axe, drill and spade (shovels are from moving stuff, spades…

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    Faerie Whisperings Oracle Reading

      I use two faery decks to draw readings. The art of both is drawn by Brian Froud.   The Heart of Faerie Oracle- The Green Man The Green Man is a deep and potent image of virile, masculine, wildish man, which is fitting for this time of year. He is a complicated, intriguing and unashamedly powerful. The Green Man of faery is the spirit of the forest, the wild wood, the untamed green. The life blood of all living things. The flower that break the concrete. There is a powerful healing force of just being near green, be it garden, park or wilderness. His words are the whisper of…

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    The Bad Witch Reviews: The Magick of Master Lilly by Tobsha Learner

    The Bad Witch Reviews: The Magick of Master Lilly by Tobsha Learner   This book feels timely. Set before and during the English civil war from the point of view of an astrologer and magician it might seem odd for me to say that but it is. There are, of course, more than two factions but you have really two opposing forces. One cultured, connected to Europe, artist, intellectually explorative and another towards nationalism, religious hatred, anti-intellectualism and paranoia. No this book feels very relevant today. It also happens to be a cracking read. The story is well paced, the characters alive and vibrant. The “sides” are full of well-meaning…

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    The Bad Witch’s Guide

      The Bad Witch’s Guide to Hate There is this idea amongst some lovely people that you can “fix” a hateful and intolerant person. That if you just love them enough, are kind to them enough, forgive them, talk to them, you can heal them. Now maybe for some of them that is true. Those whom are genuinely ignorant. After all we don’t know what we don’t know. If we only know and respect people like us we have no clue what it is like to be different. However those folks that hate, really hate with a blinding burning passion? There is no logic, no amount of love or compassion,…

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    Bad Witch Book Review – Pagan Portals: The Hedge Druid’s Craft by Joanna Van Der Hoeven

    Bad Witch Book Review Pagan Portals: The Hedge Druid’s Craft by Joanna Van Der Hoeven   The Hedge: Intersectional Magick   What happens when a witch, a faery worker and druid blend these paths into one? Oddly this has been a question for me and my path for a while. Apparently according to this author her answer was the hedge, the edge of all three spaces. Liminality and the places between are where magick is created, where things are born and die. Finding the place where things meet, end and over-lap is always interesting. This solution of sorts was pleasing to me, if missing something, though I could not say…

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    The Bad Witch’s Guide

        The Bad Witch’s Guide to Beltane   I love Beltane. The flowers are just blooming. The green is just covering the hedgerows. It also happens to be my wedding anniversary! There are huge celebrations all over the place, though not nearby it’s just that this year I am craving something quieter. Something a bit more romantic and I can’t quite put my finger on it. One of the best things we ever did was to do the Hastings East hill drumming and dancing in the dawn. On a hill in the ruins of a castle overlooking the sea we watched the light, a sliver of silver light creep,…

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    “Pagans are Rejecting the Gods”

    (Photo by Alex Iby on Unsplash) And so I shake my head. The new trend, the hip trend, the “youth” trend is gender-fluid and “godless”. Well because I read, and I am both old and young for the generation I happen to have peers with I can tell you categorically and excuse me: THIS IS NOT A NEW IDEA TO PAGANS. Pagans have always been more open to what gender and identity can mean. From the trans priests of Inanna (4000 BC) to pagan Gods like Thor dressing as a woman. In fact hard concepts of what was male and female are really a Renaissance or post-Mediaeval idea. There have…

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    The Bad Witch’s Guide

    The Bad Witch’s Guide to Pagan Moot Etiquette   (Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash)   I am a bad witch. There are a long list of reasons why I am a bad witch. Having been out of the broom closet for some considerable number of years I would on occasion get asked “but you’re a good witch though?” My response to that depending on the person asking but I found I started to say “yes, a very, very good witch” rather darkly as it usually got the point across. I can only say in this piece my hexperience in British meetings and moots. I go through phases of being…

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    The Naked Goddess III

    I’m part of a lot of spiritual groups and on one of them someone posted this. Well I had a lot to say, because I feel like that gender (which is more complicated than a binary) is absolutely important to talk about. I am never comfortable when someone says we should talk about something. Silence has a very specific power. My main issue with this is one group or part of the gender spectrum have had the power, privilege and control of everything, including spirituality for thousands of years. We cannot “white wash” this out of spirituality. When you fail to acknowledge this privilege, the differences, difficulties and discrimination that…

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    Book Review – The Crystal Seer: Power Crystals for Magic, Meditation & Ritual by Judy Hall

    The Crystal Seer by Judy Hall   Power Crystals for Magic, Meditation & Ritual Hardback, 176 Pages Publisher: Fair Winds Press   While the title of this new books sounds a fantasy series I’d like to read, I came to read Judy Hall’s new book with glee. She is one of my favourite writers about crystals and “magic, meditation and ritual” sounded right up my alley! I was positively giddy to read this book. I must firstly congratulate the author on her fine work, yet again. Yet this book would not be what it is (which is glorious) without Timothy Samara, and John Van Rees, Jr. The layout and design…